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October 1, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Stephenson loved working with those adorable pink little piggies in the 1995 film "Babe." But the director found that the pigs who inhabited his film version of George Orwell's novel, "Animal Farm," behaved, well, like swine. "The pigs were huge," Stephenson recalls. "They were fully grown beasts. They are monsters, actually. It was virtually impossible to get them to do anything. They were handpicked to be ugly."
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October 1, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Stephenson loved working with those adorable pink little piggies in the 1995 film "Babe." But the director found that the pigs who inhabited his film version of George Orwell's novel, "Animal Farm," behaved, well, like swine. "The pigs were huge," Stephenson recalls. "They were fully grown beasts. They are monsters, actually. It was virtually impossible to get them to do anything. They were handpicked to be ugly."
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December 28, 1989 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Blasphemy Ruling in Britain: The visions of St. Teresa of Avila, a 16th-Century Spanish nun, have run afoul of Britain's film censors, who have invoked a little-used blasphemy law. The producers of "Visions of Ecstasy," a 20-minute video about the saint, lost an appeal to the Video Appeals Committee. Producer John Stephenson said his company is considering a further appeal. The video shows Teresa caressing the body of Christ on the cross and in amorous embraces with another woman.
SPORTS
October 8, 1991
Jessica Lurman swept her sets for Costa Mesa, which beat Western, 18-0, in a nonleague girls' tennis match Monday at Costa Mesa. Lurman won, 6-0, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1 singles for Costa Mesa (7-3), which has won seven consecutive matches. Jackie Hsu swept at No. 3 singles, 7-6, 7-5, 6-1. In other nonleague tennis: Irvine 10, Foothill 8--Jeanne Lu and the doubles team of Traci Drayer and Jinna Uh provided the depth needed to win the match for host Irvine (5-0).
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December 15, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
British censors Thursday upheld a ban on a video film depicting the erotic visions of a 16th century nun, the first time in more than 70 years a film has been banned in Britain on grounds of blasphemy. The producers of the 20-minute film "Visions of Ecstasy" said they failed in an appeal to persuade the British Board of Film Classification to reverse a decision refusing them a film certificate. The film is about the visions of Spain's patron saint, St. Teresa of Avila.
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July 29, 1990 | John M. Wilson \f7
Anjelica Huston wasn't thrilled with the idea of sitting for two hours each morning over a period of several weeks being turned into "the most extreme hag of a witch you've ever seen" for Warner Bros.' "The Witches," due out Aug. 24. But John Stephenson, supervisor of Jim Henson's Creature Shop in London, who oversaw special makeup and animatronics for the film, says Huston came through like a trouper.
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March 9, 1992 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This year's first Academy Awards--the ones for scientific and technical achievements--were handed out over the weekend, with an Oscar going to veteran special-effects animator Ray Harryhausen, and other citations recognizing a variety of work, including a new Walt Disney Studios animation technique. Harryhausen received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Gordon E.
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May 19, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sean MacStiofain, who led the IRA during one of the bloodiest periods in its history, died Friday in a hospital in Navan, in the Irish Republic, associates said. He was 73. MacStiofain was the first chief of staff and a founding father of the modern Irish Republican Army, which waged a ferocious guerrilla war against British rule until halting hostilities in 1997.
NEWS
October 16, 1987 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
Chocolate brown and covered with white spots, the pair of spotted owls were barely visible in the dappled sunlight of a thickly wooded canyon a few miles north of here in the San Bernardino Mountains. Still, wildlife biologists Bill LaHaye and John Stephenson moved quietly beneath the owls' perch and used a long metal pole with a nylon noose to snare the birds and bring them to the ground without harm. The biologists fasten a numbered metal band around the leg of each owl they capture.
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March 19, 1985 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
A major South American drug ring allegedly responsible for smuggling tons of cocaine into the United States from Peru and Colombia has been cracked with the arrest of 59 people, federal authorities said Monday. U.S. Atty. Peter K. Nunez said Augustin Fernando Maurtua, 26, of Carlsbad, headed West Coast operations of the ring while Jose Antonio Ledgard, 27, of Miami, was the East Coast chieftain.
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